Smoking Destroys Your Gum Line
Besides causing harm to one’s respiratory system, smoking also has a negative effect on your oral health. A huge population of smokers experience gum problems. Excessive smoking promotes periodontal disease, which not only destroys your gum line but also infects the bone that supports your teeth.
How Smoking Affects Your Oral Health
Tobacco weakens the immune system, thus making it one of the leading causes of respiratory, cancer and cardiovascular diseases plus several other health issues. Since smoking is among the primary risk factors that trigger gum disease, many people suffering from tobacco-induced terminal ailments also face various oral health problems. Periodontal diseases usually start with a bacterial infection. Bacteria that get stuck in your gums for a period of time develop into plaque and tartar, which often leads to gingivitis, a common gum disease.
When left untreated, the gum disease could worsen, resulting to the breakdown of the bone and tissue that keep your teeth in place. Gingivitis is characterized by gums separating from your teeth. As a result of this separation, spaces are formed in between that may trap food particles and cause teeth to loosen up. Eventually, you will have no choice but to have your loose teeth extracted.
How do you know you have gum disease? First, if your gums are extra red in color or look swollen and whenever you floss or brush your teeth, they easily bleed. Second, you’re having a hard time chewing because every time you chew, your gums ache. Third, your gums are pulling away from your teeth, which do not seem to be as firmly attached as they.
If you are a smoker, please be reminded that:
• You have double the risk of gum disease compared to a person who does not smoke
• The gravity of your gum disease depends on the number of cigarettes you smoke
• Certain treatments for gum diseases may not be effective if you continue to smoke
• Risk of periodontal problems is higher among long-time smokers
• Smoking slows down blood flow, thus preventing your gums from healing faster
• You are more prone to aggressive forms of bacteria than a non-smoker
• Smoking creates deep pockets between your teeth and gums
All is not lost, however. Smokers can prevent or minimize the negative effects of smoking on their gum line by flossing regularly, brushing their teeth two to three times a day and scheduling regular dental check-ups (including teeth cleaning). Quitting tobacco is also a good option.